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Could anyone give me some information on what happens after the training, I spoke to someone on RAF live chat but only referred me to 'Post Phase 2' however they didn't mention what it was.
I'm in Year 11 at the moment and am looking to do the Avionics Technician (mechanical) apprenticeship however I am not sure what is required after, do you have to stay working as a Technician or can you apply to be a pilot? I want to become a fast jet pilot in the long run but is there a way to go from Technician to Pilot or is it hard to 'change' per say?
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You’ll either join as Avionics or Mechanical, after phase 2 training you could end up on a squadron or in a bay working on components.

If you want to become a fast jet pilot down the line, you’ll have to apply for it, going through the exact same process as somebody joining off the street.
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Thank you! Is there a requirement to how many years of Technician work you have to do after? Also if I did apply to be a fast jet pilot would that be breaking the whole 12 years minimum service or not?
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You’ll either join as Avionics or Mechanical, after phase 2 training you could end up on a squadron or in a bay working on components.

If you want to become a fast jet pilot down the line, you’ll have to apply for it, going through the exact same process as somebody joining off the street.
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There is a return of service of some sort, I think it was around 3 years from the beginning of your course when I did it. This only applies to early termination though, rather than retrading.

If you were accepted for a commission as a pilot you would get a contract for 12 years starting from the end of IOT. Extra time on your contract is generally seen as a positive thing, you can leave earlier if you choose.
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Ah got it, thanks! I would probably spend quite a bit longer in the RAF as I think i'd enjoy it a ton. Thanks again for the help.
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There is a return of service of some sort, I think it was around 3 years from the beginning of your course when I did it. This only applies to early termination though, rather than retrading.

If you were accepted for a commission as a pilot you would get a contract for 12 years starting from the end of IOT. Extra time on your contract is generally seen as a positive thing, you can leave earlier if you choose.
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It's Aircraft Technician (Avionics) or Aircraft Technician (Mechanical). Look up the role you're considering on the RAF Recruitment website; there's a detailed explanation of what the job involves, training and the apprenticeship scheme, but I'll just give some pointers.

Phase 1 training is basic recruit training at Halton. Phase 2 training is the specialist part, which is at Cosford for both types of Aircraft Technician.

The Technician apprenticeship is in 2 parts. The first part you will achieve during your formal training at Cosford. The second part is needing to gain hands-on skills and experience, which you will do in your first job. You will be given written guidance telling you what tasks you need be doing, and you will need to keep records of having done them to submit as evidence to complete the apprenticeship.
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(Original post by m232e)
Could anyone give me some information on what happens after the training, I spoke to someone on RAF live chat but only referred me to 'Post Phase 2' however they didn't mention what it was.
I'm in Year 11 at the moment and am looking to do the Avionics Technician (mechanical) apprenticeship however I am not sure what is required after, do you have to stay working as a Technician or can you apply to be a pilot? I want to become a fast jet pilot in the long run but is there a way to go from Technician to Pilot or is it hard to 'change' per say?
Hi

Once you've completed your phase two (trade) training you'll be given your first posting and you'll then be hands-on on a Sqn, under supervision, of course.

If you have ambitions to become a pilot at a later date then you'll still need to meet all of the entry requirements for that role, so you'll probably want to do some A levels or equivalent while you're in service in the Aircraft Tech role.

You will have a minimum return of service after your phase two training, as the RAF spends a lot of time and money training you to do a specific role. But you can leave service if you wish to. It's usually minimum of three years, but varies role to role. You'll be given a 12 year contract to start, but that's the RAF's commitment to you, a guaranteed 12 years contract.

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Adam
RAF Recruitment
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If you do join as an Aircraft Tech you’ll gain an NVQ Level 3 as part of your studies at Cosford which you’ll complete at your next posting, this can be used in lieu of A levels for an application for a commissioned role.
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